Strabismus 'tied to childhood mental illness'

The cause is unclear but researchers say it may flow from negative social bias against children with the condition

Strabismus in children is associated with an elevated risk of anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar and depressive disorders, a cross-sectional study suggests.

US researchers say their findings should prompt the referral of paediatric patients who present with the eye condition for mental health evaluation.

“Physicians and parents will need to be more vigilant in children with strabismus to observe for signs of any mental illness, but especially anxiety, depression and schizophrenia,”